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Grad Program: Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Basic Information

Programs in Veterinary Medicine instruct students in a range of scientific disciplines related to health and disease control in animals. In addition to teaching foundational classes in medical topics, vet programs train students in the clinical skills needed to diagnose and treat illness in animals. Students primarily learn these skills during the second two years of training, when they do clinical rotations in an affiliated veterinary medical teaching hospital. Some schools also maintain an affiliated wildlife care clinic or ambulatory clinic for emergency medicine.

Programs vary in their strengths and specialties. Some focus on wildlife conservation or companion animal health, while others have programs in food animal health or laboratory animal health. Some programs also focus more heavily on animal research, aquatic medicine, environmental medicine, and surgery. In addition to the school's general focus, some schools offer unique specialized programs in subjects such as Equine Sports Medicine or Animals and Public Policy.

Degree Information

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) takes four years to complete at an accredited school of veterinary medicine. Some schools also offer the joint D.V.M./Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, for students who wish to conduct academic research on animal science, or the D.V.M./M.S. in Science of Animals and Public Policy and D.V.M./M.P.H. (Masters in Public Health).

Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Degree Program

For answers and additional information about Veterinary Medicine programs, please look at the information provided by St. George's University.

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